Ford 19-B (HSR #70-87, 135-144)
A total of 28 Ford 19-Bs were used by the HSR in the 1940s and 1950s. The buses arrived in Hamilton in 4 batches. 70-73, 74-83, and 84-87 were built in 1940, 1941, and 1942, respectively. 135-144 were originally built for the TTC in 1941, and were sold to the HSR in 1946. All 19-Bs were retired before the sale of the HSR to the City of Hamilton in 1959
Some of the dates for these photos are unknown, and the locations are often just a guess. If you know either date or location, email me!
(All photos © Tom Luton, except where noted)
HSR #70, May 1942, location unknown. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives.)
HSR #77 in front of the old City Hall at York and James. It's 1952, and judging by the tree above the door to Zeller's, it's close to Christmas. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives.)
HSR #79 at James and King in 1945.
HSR #144 (ex TTC #791) at the Sanford yard, date unknown. (From Alan Gryfe’s collection, used with permission)